Slideshow: First Look: République is Walter Manzke's Big Bistro Return to L.A.

Eggs on Toast ($14)
Eggs on Toast ($14)
Soft-scrambled eggs are arranged on baguette slices and topped with Santa Barbara uni.
Warm Baguette (free on request)
Warm Baguette (free on request)
Servers bring around half-sized sliced baguettes from the baking room adjacent to the dining area, on request.
Escargot en Croûte ($12)
Escargot en Croûte ($12)
Small puff pastry tops these ceramic shooters, each containing a bit of escargot, with butter, garlic and parsley.
Risotto Nero ($19)
Risotto Nero ($19)
Dark risotto is served in-pan with filleted and chopped bits of Atlantic calamari and Mediterranean octopus.
Wood Oven Brussels Sprouts ($14)
Wood Oven Brussels Sprouts ($14)
Brussels sprout leaves, fried briefly, are fired in an oak-burning wood oven, alongside frisée, lardons, and a soft-fried egg.
Prime Strip Loin Steak ($18/$28)
Prime Strip Loin Steak ($18/$28)
Served in five or ten-ounce portions, this Prime strip comes from Harvey Guss's Meat Company nearby, with béarnaise sauce on top.
Bombolini ($12)
Bombolini ($12)
Served as a pair, these small doughnuts are split and served with hazelnut ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Pót de Crème ($9)
Pót de Crème ($9)
Offered in both chocolate or caramel, these pots are served open-topped, with chunks of nuts on top.
Bakery Room Table
Bakery Room Table
This tabletop is a holdover from the old La Brea Bakery days, and still finds use in the evenings inside Margarita Manzke's bakery space. The large oven in the background makes practically all of the bread for the restaurant, and can service up to 1,000 baguettes a day if needed.
Jars of Spices
Jars of Spices
Long open shelves run through much of the space, holding everything from dog-eared cookbooks to jars of spices and cast iron Dutch ovens.
Windows and Wall
Windows and Wall
Manzke did much of the interior design himself, and found contractors willing to push the ceiling as high as it would go, to show off the building's older touches, like these rounded brick windows that look out to the night sky.
République Exterior
République Exterior
Manzke kept the old fountain, but opened the front of the restaurant with a cascade of long glass windows. Much of the wood and iron work is imported directly from the Philippines, where Manzke was able to source materials from old buildings that fit the space's own age, which dates back to the 1920's.